Assessments are an essential part of the model created by Buffalo County Community Partners. Our funding requires our programs be evidence-based, meaning they are dependent on measurable results and outcomes to determine their effectiveness.
Our assessment process is a fluid process that is coordinated by the Board’s Planning and Measurement Committee. The committee has outlined steps below that are followed to ensure a consistent and living assessment process.
Step 1: From 2008-2010, Community Partners conducted a county-wide assessment to determine which priority health goals were to be attained by 2020. Assessment tools used for the county-wide assessment included behavioral risk factor surveys for adults, minorities and youth in Buffalo County. Each survey is available below for download. To secure the qualitative data, Community Partners conducted a focus group process called Mini Town Hall Meetings in each Buffalo County community, networking with 300 residents, including youth and minorities. The most recent town hall meeting report is available below.
During this same process, Planning and Measurement overlayed data to determine if the Buffalo County 2010 Goals were attained. A report of the 2010 Goals is available here.
Step 2: The matrix found on page eight of the Town Hall Meeting report lists the health issues prioritized by Buffalo County communities. The qualitative data was prioritized by members of each community to begin developing the Buffalo County 2020 Vision.
Step 3: Buffalo County Community Partners Planning and Measurement Committee aligned the qualitative priorities with quantitative data to define a list of county-wide priorities. The Committee utilized Healthy People 2020 to set measurable targets for each priority. The list of priorities was developed and presented to the Board. The Board defined goals by aligning to both the “Determinants of Health” and to resources on the Healthy People 2020 web site.
Step 4: The Board voted on the top ten issues to be addressed in Buffalo County. Planning and Measurement Committee processed the issues into a dashboard of well-being indicators with measurable outcomes. At this time, the board determined to address the well-being indicators in five strategic directions to be adopted by the community for attainment by 2020.
Step 5: The strategic directions were released to the community through the 2010 Annual Report to the community. A new Buffalo County Healthy Community Advisory Board was launched in July 2012 to adopt the 5 Strategic Directions and model programs in the community. The Advisory Board will meet annually to discuss a business approach to moving the 5 Strategic Directions for Buffalo County.
Step 6: The Collaboration Council will be launched for members of the community to meet quarterly to discuss action plan processes and objectives moving the 5 Strategic Directions toward 2020 to meet well-being indicators targets.
Ongoing processes that weave through all six steps listed above include Planning and Measurement monthly meetings to mark community-wide surveying and focus group processes, reports to the community and marking progress.
The board’s strategic focus is to ELEVATE, ENGAGE, EMPOWER and EVALUATE the Buffalo County 2020 Vision. The 2020 Vision is powered by Buffalo County Community Partners by providing endorsed strategies around PREPARATION, PROMOTION, PROGRAMS, POLICY and PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT.
The resources below are here for your use! Download any of the following surveys or reports to assist you in your health community building efforts. If you have any questions, please contact the Community Partners office.
Below are links to all of the downloads mentioned above:
2010 Buffalo County Youth Risk and Protective Factor Survey
2010 Youth Behavioral Risk Factor Survey: Part 1 | Part 2
2009 Youth Behavioral Risk Factor Survey
2007 Youth Behavioral Risk Factor Survey
2010 Adult Behavioral Risk Factor Survey: Part 1, 2, 3
2009 Minority Behavioral Risk Factor Survey: Part 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5
2009 Town Hall Meetings Report
2007 Adult Behavioral Risk Factor Survey: Part 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5